Hi friends! I’m currently in Nova Scotia visiting family. I love any kind of travel, even if it’s only a few hours away. I find when I drive, I’m able to think about life and the stories I’m working on.
Today’s opportunity is for PORTALS. Keep reading to learn more!
They seek fantasy or science fiction stories that contain a portal between two different worlds. They want stories that feature twists on typical portals and interesting settings. Try not to write a story about a door in the back of a wardrobe 😉
They also aren’t seeking stories that open a portal from one time to another. They’re interested in stone archways in the middle of the forest, cracks in reality, and wormholes. They seek both humorous and dark tones. Read more here!
Stories shouldn’t be longer than 7,500 words and must satisfy the theme.
The deadline is December 31st, 2018. Decisions will be made by the end of February 2019. Send your submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions you have may be directed to: email@example.com.
Hope you have fun with this prompt. Tomorrow is the last day of this blog series!
Hi dear friends, there are only two more days left of this blog series. Thanks for joining me ❤
Today’s submission opportunity is for Havok. They are an ezine, and seek flash fiction. Keep reading to learn more 🙂
Havok looks for memorable, and well-edited fiction between 300-1,000 words. It can be across a variety of genres. Science fiction, comedy, thriller, and fantasy. They want stories that take people away from daily troubles, bringing them into a new world.
Recycle – February 2019
Submissions are open now for this opportunity. This is an interesting prompt and they explain it well on their website.
They aren’t looking at recycling in the way we usually think of it. Think outside the box. They gave a few examples on their website. Why is Jack the Ripper collecting organs, how do the fae turn baby’s laughter into magic? Whose stealing your newspaper and swapping it with paper mache swans?
Strange, eh? It’s going to be a fun opportunity. March’s theme is: Relocate. Both February and March are open for submissions.
I wrote this short story for the Weird Christmas flash fiction contest. I wanted to continue the story of my characters, Beira and the stag. You may have met them in The Winter Crone.
What happens to Beira and Alaor when they find Santa Claus? Who do they unexpectedly discover behind the fluffy beard :)?
The white stag hated Christmas lights.
It reminded him of the dreary Hallmark movies his mistress enjoyed so much. She wept and scratched her watering nose at every cheesy ending while he wondered when the filmmakers would hire a better writer.
His mistress begged to differ.
“What are you brooding about now, Alaor?”
Beira, the Winter Goddess, leaned towards him and draped an arm around his neck. “I can see that scowl from a mile away.”
“Why is he here?” Alaor asked. “Parading around as the jolly Santa Claus?”
Beira shrugged. “Your guess is as good as mine. I thought I got him for good. Maybe my Granny magic didn’t work.”
She sniggered to herself but Alaor shook his great head, upsetting a child carrying a tray of hot chocolates. He hardly regarded the spilled brown liquid or the tears in the boy’s eyes. Beira leaned down to help the little boy.
Alaor had greater matters on his mind.
Jolly St. Nick. The stag wanted to rush in and spear the bugger in the belly with his antlers.
If the children only knew who was really behind the mask.
Beira popped back up and flicked his ear gently. He didn’t look away from the imposter. Her gaze softened as she regarded him a moment too long. “Stop worrying.”
“I’m not worrying,” he snapped before stalking forwards through the evergreen decorated gate.
Passersby’s exclaimed as they took in his majestic white coat and amber antlers. A little girl darted forwards, a dingy carrot in her hand.
“Beira,” he snarled, and she laughed in ringing booms before swooping down to catch the little girl’s arm.
“That’s so sweet of you but my friend doesn’t like carrots. He’s – um – allergic.”
Alaor snorted, streams of white clouds exiting his nostrils. Trying to feed him like a second-rate mule. He was the Winter Goddess’ protector.
Beira sunk her fingers into his fur and purred, “Don’t be so uptight. They think you’re pretty.”
Alaor choked and she nudged him forwards, grinning. “Come on. We need to go see Santa.”
He followed his Winter Goddess before stopping at once.
Santa sat on a scarlet velvet chair. However, behind the white beard and embarrassing red broadcloth, the Sun King glared at him and Beira.
“You tried to kill me,” he grunted.
Alaor raised an eyebrow at the Sun King and his ridiculous disguise.
“Least you managed to survive, Santa. I’ll make sure to pay a visit to the North Pole. Looks like you’re in my realm now,” Beira said sweetly.
The late Sun King gritted his teeth and Alaor stamped his hooves.
Triangulation is Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction annual. They’re in their 15th year. They seek science fiction, weird fiction, fantasy, and speculative horror from established andnew writers.
Theme: Dark Skies
This theme celebrates the natural awe and beauty of the night sky. They seek tales that feature a sky full of stars as a meaningful part of the story. Take them to another time or world. Write about the universe and going out into the depths of space.
How are there only four days left of this blog series and five days until Christmas?! Where has this month gone?
How are you all making out? I would love to hear what you worked on this month. On the last day of this series, I’ll show a tally of what I finished.
Today’s submission opportunity is for an online magazine, Mslexia.
This magazine includes interviews, news, reviews, grants, and competitions. It’s read by beginners and top authors. It’s an amazing magazine for women who write. They aim to promote established and new voices.
They ask for theme prose and poetry twice a year. Winners are selected by guest editors and are sent a small payment.
Mslexia seeks stories up to 2,200 words, poems up to 40 lines long, and short scripts up to 1,000 words. This includes character names and stage instructions. They only accept four poems, two short stories, and two short scripts per entrant.
Issue 82: Clothes
For this submission, send poems or stories on the theme of clothes. Costumes, uniforms, clothes of the future compared to clothes from the past, are a few examples. You could write about the material, sewing, etc. Read more about the theme here.
Send it by March 11th, 2019.
Happy writing, friends! Let me know what you’re working on in the comments below ❤
Tolkien called it this. It’s a world that’s different from our primary world. It might be different in terms of ecology (climate), zoology (non-human creatures), or physical laws, AKA, the presence of magic.
The story could be set on Earth but a different Earth in terms of history (alternate history) or time (pre-modern historical past). Pre-technology levels of technology like magic, steampunk technology, or anything not as advanced as modern technology. The setting should have an element that’s fantastical.
People in this world should have developed their own culture. The people should fit in the culture.
They aren’t seeking urban fantasy or other stories in our modern real world.
They love stories focused in on character. Characters should yearn for something, internally or externally, driving the characters towards it.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies love characters who are ’round’. Ones that change and grow, instead of remaining the same.
Prefer limited or close POV. It can be 1st or 3rd.
They prefer original stories. Stories featuring elves, barbarian swordsmen, or opening in a fantasy tavern, unless done uniquely, are unlikely to catch their eye.
Good luck with this submission opportunity! This is a SWFA qualifying site. Read more about their submission guidelines here.
#WriteMentor is holding a Children’s Novel Award competition. This is for pre-published and pre-agented MG/YA fiction writers.
I participated in #WriteMentor earlier this year after M. Dalto and Amber R. Duell chose THE LOST SAGES for the mentorship. It was an amazing opportunity, and I learned so much about writing. I can never thank them and Stuart White (founder) enough.
The shortlist judge is Chloe Seager, literary agent of Northbank Talent Management.
Winner – Trophy and 500 pounds.
Shortlist – a place on #WriteMentor programme if you don’t have an agent by June 2019
Entry fee is £5. If you’re low-income and unable to pay this, you can enter for free.
What Do You Need to Submit?
Submit the first 3,000 words of your novel and a 1-page synopsis.
Entry window: December 1st, 2018 to January 31st, 2019.
Longlist announced: February 2019
Shortlist announced March 2019
Winner announced: April/May 2019
Go on and enter if you have a finished manuscript! Good luck ❤ Find out more information here about the competition.
SPIDER is a literary magazine for children. It features engaging and fresh poems, lit, and stories for newly independent readers. Editors are looking for beautifully written and energetic pieces with a strong kid appeal.
High-interest elements like suspense, adventure, and humor are popular. The age group is 6-9 years old.
Due: April 1, 2019
They’re looking for stories, poems, activities, or short plays for this theme. They’re looking for worlds of wonder and magic, full of mythical beasts, witches in the woods, and fairytale castles.
They’re looking for a new version of the traditional cast found in a fairytale. What if the villain, princess, knight, or prince, don’t want to accept their roles given to them?
I can’t wait to work on this story.
The Manuscript Review Process
Once the submission window closes, the pieces are reviewed by first readers. They consider the literary potential and see if it’s a good fit for their magazine.
Submissions that are promising are reviewed by editors and the magazine editor. The magazine editor makes the final decision. Sometimes, the editor writes an author and requests revisions.
These rates are amazing. Stories and articles pay up to a nice 25¢ per word. Poems pay up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Activities, games, and recipes pay up to $75.00 flat rate.
Have Fun Submitting
I think this submission opportunity will be fun. Who doesn’t love enchanted forests?!
Only ten days left! How are you all making out with these prompts? So far I’ve finished Weird Christmas, Dreaming Robot Press MG story, Iceland story, 2 poems for Blue Mountain Arts, and the self-acceptance piece.
I’ve really enjoyed dabbling in different genres. So fun!
Submissions are due December 15th at 11:59pm PST. Check out their website for more details 🙂
Cast of Wonders
This is a young adult short fiction market. They are open to stories up to 6,000 words long. They seek fiction that reflects the entire spectrum of human experience.
Submissions must be anonymous.
They’re looking for stories that evoke wonder, are a little unreal, and resonate emotionally and deeply. They aim for the 12-17 age range.
Interestingly enough, the stories are presented in audio format! Readers cannot skim past ‘boring bits’. Cast of Wonders looks for stories that have well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and strong pacing.
They love high fantasy. Elves, secondary worlds, magic, and dragons! They also love modern, alternate history, and urban fantasy. They like science fiction like near and far future, space opera. They must be accessible to their target audience.
They’ll accept comedy, paranormal romance, superheroes, and steampunk. It should all inspire a sense of wonder.